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SPA Analytics & Management Institute

Better preparing students by sharing practical skills to work in and lead multidisciplinary teams.

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Phone: (202) 885-2940 Graduate programs: spagrad@american.edu Undergraduate programs: aupublicaffairs@american.edu

Kerwin Hall

Public Affairs, School of 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20016 United States

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The SPA Analytics and Management Institute (SAMI) was created to further prepare SPA graduate students by sharing practical, cutting-edge skills to work in and lead multidisciplinary teams after graduation. The institute brings leading experts from outside and inside of academia to offer students a variety of skills including mapping, compliance with regulations, creating effective presentations, policy writing for a general audience, media skills, and writing blog posts. SAMI was designed to help students develop an innovative mindset for a changing world.

At a Glance

  • SAMI offers zero-credit and one-credit classes.
  • Any combination of three classes will earn you a Certificate in Analytics and Management.
  • SAMI is open to SPA Master's or Doctoral students.
  • Current students enrolled in a SAMI course have up to a year after graduation to complete the requirement for the certificate.
  • All classes are held on the weekends.
  • SAMI courses and the certificate are great for your resume.
  • Grades and courses will appear on your transcript.

Featured Faculty

Jonathan Schwabish

Jonathan Schwabish is an economist, author, consultant, and sought-after speaker. He also teaches data visualization and presentation skills at American University for the SPA Analytics and Management Institute.

Meet Jonathan

Libby Nelson

Libby Nelson is a Washington, D.C.-based journalist and the news editor of Vox.com. She teaches general audience policy writing for the American University School of Public Affairs Analytics and Management Institute.

Meet Libby